Xenoposeidon makes its kids’-book debut

November 15, 2008

Happy Xenoposeidon day!  Today, November 15, 2008, is the one-year anniversary of the publication of Xenoposeidon Taylor and Naish 2007.

By happy coincidence, I’ve just been sent a courtesy copy of Kids Only, a new guide-book for the Natural History Museum … and there is Xenoposeidon on page 5, exemplifying dinosaur diversity.  Rock!


It’s good to see our baby out there educating people!

For much more of Xeno, see Xenoposeidon week.

7 Responses to “Xenoposeidon makes its kids’-book debut”

  1. William Miller Says:

    Cool! I didn’t realize Xenoposeidon was that huge.

  2. Mike Keesey Says:

    Nice! (Funny, I’d always thought of it as ZEE-no-pa-SIGH-dnn. Now it sounds like the sound of one earthquake god clapping.)

  3. Jaime A. Headden Says:

    KHEE-noh-PO-SAY-dahn, I think, it the correct Greek, but it actually depends on how the authors which to pronounce it. Note that KH is stressed as a hard K with a plosive (chi), rather than as in Lucy Lawless’ Zena + Poseidon.

  4. Graham King Says:

    a hard K with a plosive (chi)

    So, when you say its name, you start with a sneeze?

  5. Mike Taylor Says:

    Actually, the paper describing and naming Xeno nailed down how we intended the name to be pronounced, so there is really no excuse for the new NHM book to have made up its own version. See Taylor and Naish (2007:1549), where we say “Intended pronunciation: ZEE-no-puh-SYE-d’n.”

  6. Andreas Johansson Says:

    In Greek, the ‘x’ is k+s (as in “tax”) even initially – Jaime seems to be confusing xi with chi.

    (Being Swedish, I’m going to persist in thinking of the critter as KSEH-noo-paw-SAY-don.)

  7. Nathan Myers Says:

    I’m with Andreas here. I actively enjoy expressing the initial “k+s” consonants (likewise “k+n”, “g+n”, etc), and do so at the slightest provocation, particularly when reading to my kids.

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